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    Hi,
    Can anyone help me and tell me what are and where are / were the "Resin Lights" on a Mk1 Lancaster? I have a combat report submitted by my great uncle and he mentions turning the resin lights on and off when they were followed by a night fighter. It closed in and the gunners took some shots at it before it legged it.

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    Resin lights were ones that were invisible to the unaided human eye.

    Working on Infra Red spectrum they could be identified by equipment fitted to friendly nightfighters and hence denote an allied aircraft.

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    Hi Ross
    Thanks for that. Did they have such hi tech equipment in those days (October 1943)? Would explain why they turned the lights on and off then?

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    Yup.

    First generation night vision systems were in use by all three services

    See here for a great write up of the systems:

    http://www.hmvf.co.uk/pdf/Tabby01.pdf

    I've got a Tabby MkII working from a bench supply in the workshop gives adequate vision to drive with as long as you keep your head relatively still

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    Ross
    Thanks for the info - very good informative read.

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    Hi All

    Can anyone help - Ross?

    Just looked at the loss card for my uncles aircraft DV329 and under special equipment it had "IFF TR.1335"
    I presume this refers to the "Resin Lights" is that correct?

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    Nope.

    Gee Equipment

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2774-Gee-(T1335)

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    Cheers Ross,

    In the loss card "IFF" is on one line and TR1335 on the next line. Do you know if they are two sepearte items or just the one Gee item?

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    The IFF gear fitted to the Lancaster was IFF MkII or MkIIE and a standalone system.

    The corresponding equipment designator was ARI 5000 or ARI 5027

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    Hi Ross.
    I have just read that the resin lights were called that due to the RAF's usual way of abbreviations and they got thier name from REStricted INtesnsity hence RESIN. This same info stated they were the lights in trailing edge of the mainplane and used for air to air identification, comprising of three coloured lights (Red Green and Yellow/Clear) which according to the code of the day was flashed to identify themselves as allied aircraft. The same coloured lights but high intensity were alos located in hte belly and used to id the a/c to allied costal shipping and flak batteries.

    How true this is i have no idea but sounds credible.

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